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#NerdScreen: Agreement on Trade?

MTP Panel: Clinton Cash Controversy

Tom Donilon: Drone Strike was 'Legitimate Military Target'

Former National Security Adviser says the declassified drone attack was based on hundreds of hours of intelligence work.


Drone Expert: Drones Lower Threshold for Use of Force


The Covert War: Debating America's Drone Program

Chuck Todd looks at the details of America's drone program, as well as the broken promises of the Obama administration


What Hillary Clinton can Learn from Teddy Roosevelt

Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin explains how Hillary Clinton could take a page out of Teddy Roosevelt's book to deal with the "Clinton Cash" issue.

Hillary Clinton

Prop 8 Attorneys: Marriage Equality Coming Soon

The lawyers who argued in favor of overturning California's same-sex ban in front the Supreme Court said Sunday they believe the votes exist for the Supreme Court to rule in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

David Boies and Ted Olsen said on Meet the Press that based on a …


Garry Trudeau on Charlie Hebdo, Doonesbury and the Future of Satire

Cartoonist Garry Trudeau responded to critics of a speech he gave earlier this month who alleged he blamed the victims - his fellow cartoonists - for the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

In an interview with Chuck Todd airing on Sunday's Meet the Press, Trudeau said he was "not at all" blaming the …


Cecily Strong: President Obama a Tough Act to Follow

The headliner of the White House Correspondents Dinner praised President Obama, saying she now understood what past performers felt following the leader of the free world.

Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong joked about the President's performance following Saturday night's event, saying, "I was …


N.J. First Lady Mary Pat Christie quits lucrative Wall Street day job

Mary Pat Christie has resigned from her job at a Wall Street specialty investment firm Watch videoTRENTON — New Jersey's First Lady Mary Pat Christie …

Wall Street

Cruz, Paul Sign Norquist's Anti-Tax Pledge

Both Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have been in the presidential race for less than a month and both announced Friday that they signed a storied pledge vowing not to raise taxes. Their position contrasts with that of Jeb Bush who has said he wouldn't sign it.

The pledge, which dates back to 1986 and …

Ted Cruz

Romney: Clinton Foundation Donations 'Looks Like Bribery'

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said it appears Hillary Clinton "was bribed" as secretary of state based on a New York Times report that raised questions about the Clinton Foundation's fundraising practices.

"There is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the …

Hillary Clinton

Booker: Clinton One of Most Qualified Candidates in History

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., told NBC News there are "few candidates in history" as qualified as Hillary Clinton is to be president, making him the latest high-profile Democrat to endorse the former secretary of state.

More than 20 Democratic senators are already supporting Clinton's 2016 presidential …

Cory Booker

The Week in 2016: What Mattered (And What Didn't)

In today's rapid-fire political news cycle, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the different news out there. So here's a look back at the past week in the 2016 presidential contest, making sense of the developments and events that we think mattered - and those that didn't.

What Mattered

1. The 2016

Clinton Foundation

Do we still think drones are a good idea?

Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact — and the dubious morality of the …


Obama’s Nixon doctrine: anointing Iran

In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the …

Middle East

Can Turkey come to terms with its brutal past?

Where do I look for hope on this day that marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide? To the brave Turkish and Armenian human rights …


Drone strikes claim America's best, and worst: Our view

If the killings of terrorists remind us how valuable drones are, the deaths of aid workers underscore the tragic price.

Islamic militants in Pakistan regularly prey on civilians who are trying to help ordinary Pakistanis, probably because they're the softest of soft targets.

Health workers going …


Catastrophe in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen’s civil war was always a risky gamble. Now there’s evidence showing just how damaging four weeks of airstrikes have been: more than 1,000 civilians killed, more than 4,000 wounded, and 150,000 displaced. Meanwhile, the fighting and a Saudi-led blockade …

Middle East

Candidate Clinton and the Foundation

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s determination to reconnect with voters in localized, informative settings is commendable, but is in danger of being overshadowed by questions about the interplay of politics and wealthy foreign donors who support the Clinton Foundation.

Nothing illegal has been alleged about …

Bill Clinton

First Read: GOP Presidential Hopefuls Mostly Silent on Drone Mistake

First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

The Sound of Silence (Almost) From the '16 Candidates on Drone Deaths

If you've been following American politics over the last six years, President Obama …

Republican Party

For Clinton campaign, all in the family - not so much Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's granddaughter, Charlotte, is a symbol of the future. Clinton's late parents offer lessons about hard work and resiliency. Her own daughter, Chelsea, gives voters a window into her mother's life long before she was one of the world's most famous women.

In …

Chelsea Clinton

Environment expected to get bigger stage at Iowa Caucuses

But environment still expected to take a back seat to economy, healthcare and national security.


Senate Deal on Trafficking Clears Way for Loretta Lynch Vote

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate reached an agreement Tuesday on an anti-human-trafficking bill, clearing the way for a vote on President Barack Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he expected a vote on Lynch "in the next …


McConnell Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Patriot Act Until 2020

The move may thwart any attempt to reform the NSA’s mass-surveillance authorities.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night that would reauthorize a controversial surveillance authority of the Patriot Act until 2020, a push that comes just as a group of bipartisan …

National Security Agency

U.S. Department of Justice opens probe into death of Freddie Gray

Amid the public outcry over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the U.S. Department of Justice is opening an investigation into the …


Walker's bizarre drift to immigration protectionism

Running for president does funny things to people, and that has certainly been the case for Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor became a rock star …


Running to the right

Scott Walker's criticism of legal immigration levels is a turning point in the Republican primaries.Read more


Charles Koch: We like 5 GOP candidates in primaries

WICHITA, Kan. — Charles Koch said he is considering throwing his political might into the Republican presidential primary for the first time and is likely to provide financial help to several contenders before settling on a single candidate.

Koch, his brother David and their team have identified …

Charles Koch

The Kochs and Scott Walker: An Unknown Future But A Storied Past

Billionaire businessman David Koch is pushing back against reports that he endorsed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at a private luncheon held in New York Monday. An aide to the wealthy conservative donor, Mark Short, president of Freedom Partners, a Koch-funded group, said "David was complimentary …

Scott Walker